AELP lobbies on behalf of its members to represent their views. Our main purpose is to lobby for government funded skills and employment programmes that increase work force productivity and improve social mobility.

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All Media and PR enquiries should be directed to Aidan Relf, Director of Public Affairs at [email protected] or 07710 305182.

Employers in the driving seat?

Date published: 22.03.2018

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The President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), Dame Ruth Silver, has identified an acute need for FE leaders to ‘forecast and shape change’ and ‘to play a stronger part in building the future of the sector’, saying that FE is ‘under-understood, under-conceptualised, under-researched and under-theorised.’ In early 2018, FETL commissioned AELP Research to help address this need by organising a series of facilitated roundtable discussions at which diverse groups of leaders can

Two new Patron Members join AELP

Date published: 22.03.2018

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AELP is delighted to announce that its Patron Member community continues to grow, and welcomes its newest two Patrons, Innovate Awarding and OneFile. Our Patrons play an extremely important role in supporting us to deliver our wide range of services on behalf of our members; we consult with them regularly, using their insight to help inform our strategy. Furthermore, they engage regularly with our members to ensure they can benefit from their insight and expertise.

VAT: Management Fees and Advanced Learner Loans

Date published: 05.03.2018

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SUB CONTRACTING & POTENTIAL MANAGEMENT FEES. VAT: ISSUE. 'A fee or not a fee, that is the question'. The contractual relationship between prime & sub contractors must be carefully considered to identify if there is any other supply for VAT purposes, than that of the sub contractor supplying services to the prime contractor.

AELP responds to MPs’ report on Learndirect

Date published: 02.03.2018

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Commenting on the embargoed Public Accounts Committee report on Learndirect, Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe said: ‘This isn’t about private or public sector delivery; it’s not about big or small; it is about poor quality provision.

Urgent government action needed as apprenticeship numbers continue to fall

Date published: 23.02.2018

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Commenting on today’s monthly apprenticeship statistics, AELP chief executive Mark Dawe said:

Employers in the driving seat? New thinking for FE leadership

Date published: 21.02.2018

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A major new 12 month research project called Employers in the driving seat? New thinking for FE leadership has been launched by AELP Research, the research unit at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, supported by FETL, the Further Education Trust for Leadership. We invite FE senior leaders from across FE and Skills in the UK to get involved in round table discussions about the implications for the sector and society of moving towards a more employer-focused system.

AELP exceeds 860 Members!

Date published: 08.02.2018

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Membership is certainly still on the increase with more than 860 organisations now in membership. The changing world of Apprenticeships is evident with more Colleges, Universities and EPAOs joining AELP including; the University of the West of England, Southampton Solent University, City of Bristol College, Catten College, Inspire Middlesex College, Bradford College, Barnsley College, West Herts College, London Design & Engineering UTC College and The Henley College.

T level work placement Questionnaire for Providers

Date published: 01.02.2018

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As you may be aware, the government is introducing a new type of qualification for 16-19 year olds in England called T levels. These two, year full-time courses, will be of equal value to both classroom-based A levels and work-based Apprenticeships. T levels are being designed at the moment, ready for starting in schools, colleges and training providers in the year 2020 – not so far away now. This is your opportunity to have your say on the work placement element of T levels. Your responses

AELP Members are sharing views and experiences on policy reforms…

Date published: 29.01.2018

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AELP Members are currently sharing their views on and experiences of policy reforms and AELP’s work.

AELP responds to 26.5% drop in apprenticeship starts

Date published: 25.01.2018

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Commenting on today’s official statistics for apprenticeships, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said:

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